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Miles Completed = 29.01
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Friday, December 11, 2015

2015 Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K (Wine and Dine Half Weekend)

Prior to leaving on the trip to Walt Disney World, runDisney sent a card with the $15 gift card for participants of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
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Front of card that came with the gift card
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The inside of the card with the gift card attached
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The other side of the inside of the card
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$15 Gift Card

I seriously considered not even going to this race weekend. My back is still experiencing issues when I walk and it worries me. A couple of weeks before this race I was at a local 5K and I stepped down off a low wall, well, I thought it was a low wall until I stepped down with all my weight on my right leg and immediately felt pain shoot from my knee all the way down to my ankle. I had jammed my knee and it hurt - I still did the 5K and later that day I ended up going bowling and that was not a smart idea. I was still trying to get the swelling to go down and my knee cap stopped tracking correctly and was popping out several times a day - this is not new to me as I have knee issues, but it still concerns me when it happens. Still, I had paid for the races and I figured I could use a break from work and headed to Walt Disney World any way.

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Wine & Dine After Party Wristband
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Official Race Weekend Program
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2015 Jingle Jungle 5K Bib
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2015 Jingle Jungle 5K Participant T-Shirt
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Jingle Jungle 5K Car Magnet
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5K Commemorative Pin
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2015 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Bib with Drink Voucher attached
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2015 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Participant Tech Shirt
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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Bondi Band
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Half Marathon Commemorative Pin
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Half Marathon Medal Replica Pin
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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Commemorative Necklace

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Even though I wasn't on the first bus to the race, I was still there plenty early and there weren't too many people yet
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The snow machines were cranked up to high this morning..as you can see there's even accumulation. I can guarantee you that it wasn't because it was cold...In fact, it was super warm and so humid. I stopped for a bio break and no joke, the toilet paper was damp, almost to the point of being considered wet - blech.

I got in my corral as soon as it opened up so I was pretty close to the front (as usual) and all of a sudden a guy on the outside of the fence says, "Hey, it's you." I was stumped for a second and then he said, "from the Disneyland Half." Then it clicked it was one of the guys that I had talked to for a couple of hours while waiting for the half to start. His wife was doing the 5K and he was going to be doing the half later. We chatted for quite a while about runDisney, DVC, and just life in general - such a nice couple. It made the time go faster for sure.
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The guy on the left behind me is the one that recognized me from the Disneyland Half
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Fancy electronic signage for this race
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Rudy, Mickey and Minnie - I think they were all melting this morning it was too hot for winter clothes
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And we're off...
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Looking across the Animal Kingdom parking lot towards the park
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Mile Marker One and we're heading in to the park
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The Tree of Life is beautiful this morning
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Rafiki and Timon at the entrance to Africa
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Too early in the race to look this bad
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Baloo and King Louis
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Expedition Everest in the early morning light
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Walking along enjoying the ground to make sure I don't trip
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Looking across the water from Asia
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You'd be right if you think it was hot and humid
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Heading back out of the park
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Going backstage
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Chip and Dale
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Pluto
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Watch out for crocodiles!
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Goofy and Donald are looking festive in their holiday wear
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Headed back out the way we came in
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Goofy and Donald from the other direction
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Pluto from the other side
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Mile Marker Three
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The finish line stretch
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Headed to the finish line

It was so hot out that they were handing out wet Dr Cool towels at the end.  This was the first time I've ever received a cool towel after a runDisney 5K - you know the weather is bad for them to do that!
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Got my medal and I'm smiling, but doesn't the guy behind me look super happy?
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Official Finisher Photo
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2015 Jingle Jungle 5K Medal
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2015 Jingle Jungle 5K Lanyard

I did okay during the 5K, but my back and knee were still pretty sore by the end.  I thought I'd rest and see if I was going to be up to the half marathon or not.  After resting, I knew I would struggle to finish the half marathon so I decided to sit this one out.

I thought about heading over to the staging area, but decided to skip that and head straight to Epcot instead.  On the way to the bus stop I saw some lightning in the distance, but it looked like it was off a little ways.  I figured I would catch a couple of attractions and then find a good place to watch the race and that's exactly what I did.

I found a spot to watch the runners right by the Guest Relations area across from Spaceship Earth.  This put me close to where the runners would head backstage and out to the finish.  As I was waiting a guy stood next to me, he was spectating his daughter.  It seemed like it was getting late and it was - that's when I started checking social media.  The runners were evacuated from the fields at Wide World of Sports due to a storm that came roaring through.  This delayed the start of the race by just over an hour.  In addition, the half was no longer 13.1 miles, instead it was just around 7 miles.  The course was shortened and skipped Animal Kingdom altogether since the storm was dropping a lot of rain and there was a lot of lightning.

Finally, the wheelchair participants came through, followed by the elites and then the rest of the pack came through.  I stayed to watch every runner go by.  It was a long time standing and I was feeling it by the end, but it is always enjoyable to spectate.  The interesting part to me was that the runners didn't look like the race had been shortened.  You would have thought that they were coming up on mile 13 not mile seven - yes, the weather was that bad, hot and humid.

I have to say that if I would have known the race was going to be shortened I absolutely would have done it.  I am pretty sure I could have completed the shortened distance and it seemed like they were being pretty generous with the timing since the race was so much shorter.  Still, I am glad that I opted out and got to watch everyone go by!

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